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Seminar 'Mournings, Memories and Reconciliations'

Thursday 23 May 2013
Mournings, Memories and Reconciliations. Remembering and Forgetting of European Civil Wars in the Twentieth Century: Finland and Spain
Speaker: Josep Gelonch (University of Lleida, Spain/ London School of Economics)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11

In Europe during the Twentieth Century, social divisions produced by civil wars have remained alive, transmitted to later generations by conflicting memories of the earlier traumatic event.

Via an historical analysis of the phases of remembering and forgetting of Finnish and Spanish civil wars, the paper will focus on the agents and the politics of memory, the contradictory narratives, the memory of the victims and its public expression. The session aims to analyse how different societies, such as the Finnish and the Spanish, have dealt with their traumatic past and how it has been integrated into their reconciliation processes.

Dr. Josep Gelonch (left), visiting researcher, with Prof. Paul Preston.

Dr. Dacia Viejo-Rose (far left) and Dr. Maggie Torres among the public.

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